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The show trial of Ukrainian Nadiya Savchenko is Putin’s latest form of bullying

19.03.2016 Opinions, People Ivan Koval

Not only is Russian President Vladimir Putin stealing land from Ukraine, he’s kidnapped a Ukrainian from that stolen territory and is prosecuting her — in Russia — for daring to challenge his theft. Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko is the latest demonstration of just how far Putin will go to humiliate Ukraine in his quest to pull former Soviet states into his “sphere of influence.” While it’s doubtful Savchenko’s trial will motivate the West to punish the Kremlin, Putin’s actions show the world that there is no limit to how low he will go to flex his geopolitical will over weaker nations he feels should buck to his “near abroad” foreign policy.

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